worry

Can Excessive Worry Change Your Brain?

It can, according to a recent study.

There’s a pandemic on. Your job may be in jeopardy and life’s uncertain – we get that – but if it’s true that worry actively HARMS the brain, is it worth it?

Recent research shows that worry actually changes the structures in your brain, and not in a good way. Researchers discovered that older people who worried a lot regularly were more likely to exhibit cognitive decline and memory loss than those who had a sunnier outlook

Chronic worriers also have raised levels of “beta-amyloid proteins”. These are compounds which form brain plaque associated with degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. A study suggests a strong relationship between anxiety and dementia – those with anxiety and depression typically exhibit patterns of worry.

DO WE DECIDE TO WORRY OR DOES IT JUST HAPPEN?

There’s a saying that “energy flows where attention goes.” Worry seems to breed worry, and actively choosing not to worry, as hard as that may be, is enormously beneficial to your health. We actually have a CHOICE as to whether to worry or not!

Worry can literally drive you crazy and the key is to develop stress management techniques in order to start the process of quieting your fight-or-flight reaction before it turns into a cycle of compounding stress.

GRATITUDE CAN REWIRE YOUR BRAIN TOO – TOWARD POSITIVITY

Did you know that actively “practicing” intentional gratitude can make you feel more positive throughout the day? Try it, it’s absolutely true. Making a habit of seeking out reasons to be grateful can change your entire outlook on life after a while. Researchers found that gratitude was associated with a thicker prefrontal cortex region of the brain, which is a characteristic that they found was tied to life satisfaction.

PRACTICE GRATITUDE ON PURPOSE

  • Start a gratitude journal. Just a few lines a day are all you need to notice a positive change.
  • Start a gratitude habit at mealtime or bedtime, and involve your family. Ask everyone to share something they are grateful for that day.
  • Pause several times throughout the day and consider something you’re grateful for. Meditate on that and why you are so grateful. After a few days you’ll start noticing the smaller details in life that bring you joy.

It actually takes very little to be grateful. To see the beauty around you and to appreciate those who you can be grateful for in your life. It’s a wonderful practice I highly recommend. I’m SO grateful for all of you and all you have shared with me during these past few years on Facebook.

 

Disclaimer

You can simply click on the name of each product mentioned above (in bold) and a hyperlink will take you directly to the product for an easy purchase.

Originally published on https://www.facebook.com/SallyAnnCreedSA/ in 2020.

Share this article

Related articles

Blog_Magnesium

Magnesium Citrate vs Magnesium Chelate Premium

You’re probably wondering why we have two different kinds of oral magnesium – the powdered Magnesium Citrate vs Magnesium Chelate Premium. Apart from the fact that some people like powders and others like capsules, there are some subtle differences. Firstly, these two forms of magnesium are both known as “chelates”....
Do you suffer from rosacea?

Do you suffer from Rosacea?

Rosacea is a really nasty skin disorder affecting the curves and features of the centre of the face. It is often called acne rosacea. It’s generally characterised by one or more of the following: Light to heavy facial flushing (erythema) which can be transient or permanent Papules and pustules Telangiectasia...
Blog_Alcohol

Our Guide on HOW to Drink Alcohol

Many people have asked us to write about HOW to Drink Alcohol, so here goes. We don’t drink much alcohol at all—we value our liver too much to overindulge, but we also don’t judge others who can handle it a lot better than we can, so we’re not being ‘holier...
Blog_HairHelp2

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Mmm, not funny when you have hair loss or thinning hair. There are a lot of complex mechanisms at work here, but some of you can deal with it to stop the process worsening and in fact give you back that lovely full head of hair. Hair loss can be...
Sally-Ann Creed blog image-4

The different types of stress

Our bodies are wonderfully and beautifully made. They are also incredibly complex systems. When something disrupts your body’s balance, it causes stress. The things that cause stress are called stressors, and how your body reacts to them is called the stress response. This response involves your nervous, hormonal, and immune...
Blog_FluToolkit

3 change-of-season flu & virus toolkits

We are now officially entering a change of season world wide – either going into Autumn or Spring, depending in which hemisphere you live. Even the healthiest people seem to fall prey to the sniffles, respiratory and gut viruses, and a host of other miseries at this time of year....